My Favorite Place in Orange County with sixthreezero Bike Co.

Hey hey! With Earth Week going strong this week, taking time to participate in eco-friendly activities is definitely something that should be on everyone's to-do list.  From walking to work, to bike riding to turning lights off and using less water, there is so much you can do to contribute to this holiday.  In honor of Mother Nature, I partnered up with my friends at sixthreezero Bike Co. to talk all about my favorite place EVER to take an afternoon ride in.  If you haven't become familiar with sixthreezero, they are a premier beach bicycle brand based out of LA that specialize in comfort, style, customized bikes and my favorite, bikes with an easy assembly process.  Seriously though, these bikes come 80% built and if it wasn't for my adorable dad that loves to build things in seconds, I would've so done this myself.  Living near beach cities always required some kind of bike, especially a beach cruiser.  When I saw their colorful bikes, I nearly dropped to the floor over how ADORABLE they were.  Can you even use adorable and bike in the same sentence?  I'm sure sixthreezero wouldn't mind because their bikes are so gram-worthy!  Anyway, I got to take one of their cruisers down to my favorite place and purposefully wore a dress and sneakers to snap all the fun pictures in!  Can you blame a girl!?  Anyway, let's get into the nitty gritty!

When I was a little girl, I basically grew up on a little island in Newport Beach called Balboa Island.  This place is a tiny little area accessible via bridge or ferry and home to several tiny local shops and the cutest homes EVER.  My mom and aunt's worked on this island and lucky me, I got to hang out with them there whenever I wasn't in school.  My fondest memories of this island included a little cafe just across the street from the house my mom worked in, a black and white cat named Baba and my favorite cookies in the entire world sold within the island.  Let's start with Baba.  I've always been obsessed with animals and growing up, we didn't have an actual family pet.  So to me, Baba was my first pet even if the cat wasn't mine LOL.  I think I actually remember all the animals that belonged to the houses my mom worked in and basically I wasn't there to hang out with my mom, I was there for the animals haha.  Right across the street from the main house my mom worked in was a tiny little cafe that served the BEST breakfast.  Unfortunately this cafe was closed, but a new owner stepped in to open a brand new cafe!  The family that owned the old spot new me and even if I was just 7 years old, they would serve me breakfast and watch me walk right across the street where they knew my mom was.  I mean this island is super friendly you guys.  Anyway, picking up my breakfast from this place was always my favorite part of going to work with my mom!  Well, at least for the morning hours because after work was over, my treat was a hippo cookie from a spot called Dad's Cookies.  I've been eating these cookies since I could remember and are seriously my favorite in the entire world.  Dad's Cookies sits right on Main Street and thankfully, stays pretty busy! The fear of this shop going out of business always crosses my mind, but Balboa Island people are pretty loyal to their hippo cookies haha.

I definitely have tons of other fond memories of this place, but this little island 100% became the place of my dreams and the place I always look forward to visiting.  It's not far from my house to begin with, so I don't really need to miss it, you know?  Now as an adult, going back to this place involves either just myself and walking shoes or my beach cruiser.  The island only expands out to about three miles, yeah you read that right, so it makes for such an awesome stroll.  The neighborhood is colorful and as the seasons pass, I feel like it only gets even more amazing!  The residents travel via bike, walk or ride around golf carts, so it's really not abnormal to just blend in, you know?

Do you kind of understand why this place is my dream brain relaxer and place to take my bike through?  Beach cruisers are definitely a thing on this island and it's shocking if you're not asked about your bike or given a compliment about it haha.  Aside from that, just biking through the island to me is like taking a stroll down memory lane.  It's a huge part of my youth and a place I'm definitely going to bring future generations in my family to.

Anyway, thank you to sixthreezero Bikes Co. for allowing me to take one of their amazing bikes out with me!  With spring and summer here, it's time to get out.  We get so lost in work and life that we forget to live the little things and enjoy something so simple like a bike ride!  This has totally inspired me to explore more places with my little cruiser.  Should we start a new hashtag to follow along to on Instagram?  How about #xobikerides or #xobiketravels?  I'll figure out a new series, but in the meantime, there's a little video above featuring a few of my favorite Balboa Island stops for you guys to watch.  Also, don't forget to check out the bike featured in this post here and shop the rest of their inventory here!  Chat with you guys soon!

Melissa Victoria

How to Confidently Choose Your Wedding Dress

Hey guys!  As promised via Instagram, I wanted to start sharing super fun wedding content that touches all the subjects I love!  From decorations to DIY tutorials, to styling wedding events, I want this process to be fun for everyone.   I was so against this in the beginning because I didn't want to oversaturate my feed with wedding content and be that girl that doesn't shut up about her wedding - lol.  Along the way, I realized I needed as much help as I could to figure this all out and I mean if I needed a little guidance, I'm sure someone else will need it too.  There's first of all so much to cover when it comes to weddings, like finding the perfect dress.  My wedding dress story was truly a moment that was meant to be.  That dress was hanging on a rack waiting for me to find it out of the blue and that's exactly what happened haha.  Here's how it happened:

A few weeks ago, I invited my bridesmaids and mom to go wedding dress shopping.  I knew what my dream Pinterest dress looked like, so this trip was only to test out different styles to see what fit well and if I liked something other than my Pinterest dream.  Sure enough, I loved two different styles.  One style was completely out of my dream list and the other was close to my dream dress, but not quite the one.  I wasn't at this bridal shop to actually buy a dress anyway, so I was just happy to start forming an idea of what I was truly looking for during the next round of shopping.  Two weeks later, I had basically an entire week off from work, so free time was a gift.  My sister and I decided to visit the same boutique she purchased her wedding dress from just for fun, and that trip became a little more serious when I began trying on multiple gowns.  The consultant I worked with was amazing.  She actually pulled a gown she wanted me to look at as an example of a certain style (it's so hard to be specific without giving out my details haha) and as soon as I tried it on, I dropped my jaw and knew that's what I wanted.  From there, I only requested to see something similar and ultimately left with two gowns I equally loved.  Because this trip was so spontaneous, I knew I had to come back anyway with my mom, so I had time to think.  Over the following week, I looked back and fourth at my pictures and knew exactly what dress I wanted between the two options.  Both were incredible in my eyes, but one just completed my every desire in a gown.  My mom, sister and I went back to this store last week and upon trying the dress I knew I wanted, it made absolute sense and was SO eager to say #YASSSSSS - so I did.  

From this experience, I took away some tips I think every bride should consider. Let's list them so it's easier to navigate.

1. It's okay to try multiple styles on.

You really never know what you are going to love or end up with!  I was absolutely not looking for the style I went with, but was able to make changes to my gown to turn it into my dream dress.  There were so many reasons as to why I pushed this style out first and am so glad I gave it an opportunity.  I would have missed out on what was meant for me!  Still, it took just a chance to see if I would like this style and I totally did.  So try them all on, you have nothing to lose.

2. Invite your bridesmaids.

When shopping for a wedding gown, you feel so vulnerable lol.  This sounds funny but it's so true.  I feel like I was lost in a haze of questions and positive opinions.  First of all, I have the best bridesmaids because my first round of dress shopping was full of ooooh's and ahhh's even when the dress wasn't that hot lol.  It's nice to receive positive sentiment during this process and it's even better when your people are patient.  The last thing you want is to go with people that are going to hurry you up or get mad at you for not being selective, you know?  This is a happy time!  Only bring people who you know will let you make the decision YOU want and not what they want.  

3. Don't feel pressured.

I hate to say this, but my first shopping experience was like bleh in terms of the service.  Just like feeling confident in the gown you choose, you will also feel confident in where you are shopping.  The first boutique I went to was so adamant about trying on gowns they wanted to pull for me.  Only in the end, was I given the option to browse through gowns that I was loving in the moment, but was also told I wouldn't find anything nicer than what I already had on lol.  This didn't sit well with me and any comment I made about how much I loved a gown was turned into a serious behind the scenes conversation of, "If you love this gown, DO NOT try any others on and say yes to this one" lol.  Anyway, if you feel like you run into a consultant that doesn't let you explore options for YOUR wedding dress, don't feel pressured to stay.  Thanks for the mimosa anyway!

4. Take pictures and sleep on it. 

If you find yourself torn over a few gowns, sleep on it!  Honestly it's the best thing you can do.  The last thing you want is to say yes on a limb and then go home and instantly regret.  I was so happy to have found options and reflect on which one I truly loved.  I asked my sister to take pictures and that helped so much!  When you go home, sit down and scroll through your pictures to see if the love is still there.  I tried one dress on and in the moment, I LOVED it.  When I looked at in the picture, I realized there were parts of it that I wasn't too hot on.  I had nothing bad to say about the second dress I loved and held onto the fond memory of how that gown made me feel when I first tried it on.  If feelings don't change after you've looked at your pictures all day long and slept through it, you know you've found the one!

5. Don't overthink it.

The truth is you can go to ten boutiques and will more than likely walk out with a favorite at each location.  While I would encourage you all to not do that, I understand some brides want options!  The reason why I don't encourage that is because it causes you to start overthinking things.  Trust me, I'm the thinking queen and even I had to stop myself from making an appointment at two more boutiques haha.  I know you just want to make sure you've found the perfect dress, but it's true what they say.  When you know, you just know!  As soon as you have that head over heels feeling, I would just stop there and follow instruction number four above haha.

As if I even have advice for brides!? This post dragged out a lot longer than I thought it would, but I'm so happy it did because it's everything I think any bride should consider when dress shopping.  I think this is the process I'll miss the most, but am so relieved to have done.  Always remember your look is important and that's what you absolutely do not want to regret or take lightly.  Anyway, I hope these little tips help any future bride and don't forget to check back in for another wedding post soon!

Melissa Victoria

How I Curl My Hair + What I Use

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Hey guys! This is a fun post I've been itching to write because it's literally been life changing.  Here's the backstory: I, for the life of me, could never curl my hair growing up.  In high school, I used to wake up super early to attempt to curl my hair, and even then, I'm not sure what hair style I actually left with.  It wasn't until I learned how to flip my hair out with a hair straightener that curled hair finally became a thing in my life!  The issue here is I never learned how to curl my hair with an actual curling iron and up until a few months ago, I was still super clueless haha.  In between, I experimented with curling wands and that definitely helped, but as my hair grew, I soon realized I needed a larger size wand for a fuller look and tools to boost my hair. 

Recently, I got to try Leyla Milani products and you guys I'm hooked.  Let's start with my new brushes!  This sounds awful, but I'm not good at brushing my hair at all.  I give it a brush in the morning and that's about it.  The Miracle Brush changed this for me because now all I want to do is detangle my locks.  I have pretty long hair right now and brushing more than once is an absolute must!  Not to mention, the duo bristles really work to keep my hair in place as a whole.  The other styling tool I tried is the Big Tease Comb.  I believe I am the last girl on earth that has learned how to tease her hair and that's okay - I'm just happy to be on board!  In the past, I used extensions to create a fuller mane, but using this comb and learning how to tease my hair has been such a journey haha.

Finally, and most importantly, I used Leyla Milani's Triple Threat Curling Iron and I don't know how else I will ever curl my hair again.  To start, this curling iron comes with three different size wands (0.75 inch, 1 inch and 1.25 inch) that are all interchangeable.  I usually always have long hair, but definitely have one huge cut like every other year.  When I cut my hair, I can't generally use a larger sized wand the way I would with longer hair.  This is what I love about this curling iron!  I basically have one curling iron for three different phases of hair haha.  Now that I have super long hair, I've been having so much fun playing around with each wand size, but I think my absolute favorite has to be the 1.25 inch option.  

Anyway, so now that we've covered my new hair tools and products, I just wanted to quickly go over how I curl my hair these days.  It's super simple, fast and my way of doing my hair in about 15 minutes flat.  Let's do this!

1. I start with brushing out my hair and then making my part. For curled hair, I usually like to do a side part because I like the 'I look like I have bangs but I don't' look - you feel me?

2. Following my part, I divide my hair in half and start with the side with less hair.  
3. With my teasing brush, I take layers off of the top of my head and brush the inside of this layer down a few times.  I do this all around the top of my head and then I comb everything down, but I'm careful to not completely flatten my hair again.  Leave yourself a little poof!
4. To curl, I take large chunks of my hair and start wrapping my hair around the wand.  I usually let my hair heat up for up to ten seconds before releasing.  The direction you want to curl your hair in totally depends.  I like to switch it up and curl in or curl under, it just depends on my mood.
5. After everything is curled, I take my Miracle Brush and comb out my hair.  This is an important step for me because it releases tight curls and creates vintage waves.  
6. After I've brushed out my hair, I usually touch up around to make sure everything is curled and once I like the overall look, I apply some hair spray and I'm done!

Phew!  If you would have told 15 year old me I'd one day be writing a blog post on curling hair, I would've probably just walked away from you haha.  Love how things change for the better and I'm so glad to be able to share my basic steps and the tools I use with you all!  Anyway, let me know if you guys have any product questions at all or want to learn more about my curling process.  Until then, I'll chat with everyone later!

Melissa Victoria

We All Grow Summit Recap

Hey guys!  I don't even know where to begin with this one.  Let's take this back a few weeks ago when I became part of Neutrogena's new campaign, "Never Better".  Yeah, you read that right.  I'm so lucky to announce that I will be partnering up with Neutrogena for an entire year to spread the good news about what makes me feel Never Better and encourage my readers and followers to live out what makes you guys feel Never Better!  It's such an exciting time in my blog life that I never thought could even happen.  With my new sponsorship came the beauty of attending the most amazing summit dedicated to Latina bloggers, We All Grow Summit thrown by We All Grow Latina. I had previously attended this summit, but this time, it was so much more impactful than when I first attended.  It's easier if I highlight every day in chronological order, so let's do this!

Day 1: A few influencers and I were lucky enough to be part of an opening party fashion show presented by Neutrogena.  This was so out of my element, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone and straight into diva mode.  All the influencers and I showed up the evening before the opening party to try on our clothes, selected by Miami celebrity stylist, Karla Birbragher.  After each girl was done trying on their outfits, we then moved on to a different room to meet with our modeling coach, Pili Montilla.  Our time with Pili was so special because she really helped us tap into our inner divas to truly rock that runway and our lives in general haha!  

Day 2:  All of the girls and I showed back up at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, where the summit took place, and had a day long event of getting ready for the big show.  We had our hair and makeup done and honestly, the entire time this was happening, I just kept asking myself who in the world I even was to be getting pampered by the Neutrogena team all day long haha.  I really just had to soak it all in and live in the moment because this was an opportunity of a lifetime.  Once the show started, I soon realized just how huge that moment was and by the end of the night, I was on stage with none other than Eiza Gonzalez.

Day 3 & 4: Although the summit began for me on Wednesday, the actual learning began on Friday and Saturday.  During these two days, all attendees enjoyed monumental keynote presentations and awesome smaller classes that provided so much education to bloggers, business owners, social media influencers and even those just working in the media world.  The classes I attended taught me about monetizing my blog and Instagram, how to build a digital brand strategy, how to take my writing beyond just my blog and so much more.  Beyond just the classes, we also enjoyed a little shopping at the Latina Maker's Market, where creators brought along some of their most amazing pieces that us bloggers absolutely loved.  

Also on Friday and Saturday we enjoyed lunch with St. Jude Hospital and Disney Parks.  Friday's lunch was so touching because an actual St. Jude patient joined us and we had the absolute pleasure of listening to her story and how much of a success she already is.  Saturday was a lot lighter on the emotions because Disney Parks joined us to talk all about what's coming soon to the parks.  The lunch itself was amazing on Saturday and then Buzz and Woody walked in to make it even more special - obviously the Disney fan in me freaked out haha.  

The best part about this experience and We All Grow Summit in general are the friendships you take away.  It's a sisterhood and bond that actually lasts.  As a blogger, I meet and support other bloggers and influencers online all the time.  Actually meeting these people is where the magic is because that's where the connection happens.  We All Grow is different because it brings some of the best Latina influencers under one roof to create power and strengthen our abilities to grow together.  It sure also helps to know the tiny staff that runs this awesome organization is full of boss ladies that are in total control of their lives and truly care about spreading positive influence amongst the Latin culture.  That alone makes me even more proud to be a Latina and to also have a voice within my own culture.  

For those of you who have never attended the We All Grow Summit or have heard of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, please please please click on this link to browse their website and fall in love with this company the way I have.  I totally plan on attending this summit again next year and who knows, with all the knowledge I was fueled with, I might just come back to the summit as a speaker!  The world is my oyster and thanks to this summit, I'm even more ready to take on my career and blog life by the horns. 

Special thank you to the We All Grow team, Ana, Melissa and everyone else who worked tirelessly to create such a successful event.  To the Neutrogena team, the makeup and hair artists, Pili and the entire C-Com Group - I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you.

Melissa Victoria

Wedding Diet Breakfast

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Hello!  With mine and Martin's big day coming up next year, getting fit for the wedding has become no joke.  What is it about wanting to look good for all the festivities and why is this such a thing!?  I've always generally thought about my health and been conscious of what I've ate, but this time it feels like such a challenge.  My current wedding diet isn't anything crazy, it just consists of eating meals at certain times of the day.  Getting used to this schedule is difficult considering my days are really busy and I love to forget to eat breakfast haha.  In the past, I've been successful with overnight oats as my breakfast, so I decided to give this another try.  First of all, oats are very good for you and super easy to whip up - literally just requires a container, milk and oats.  Overnight oats are such an awesome option for me because it's literally on-the-go breakfast and for a busy girl like myself, I need something hearty and available when I need it haha.

Overnight oats brand, Maker Oats, released three super delicious flavors that I got to try out and I'm already hooked.  Not only am I hooked on it's taste, but hooked on how easy it is to replenish and prepare.  I received two jars with two different flavors and a box of five bags to try out and honestly, the fact that this overnight oat brand provides jars is the raddest thing.  So far, I really like the Apple and Coconut mix because it's the perfect combination of guilt-free sweetness!  I hope to start adding fun toppings to my oats every morning, but for now, I'm just trying to get myself used to promptly eating at certain times.  I'm sure as this wedding diet progresses, I'll come up with other on-the-go options, but for now, overnight oats it is!  Chat with you guys super soon.

Melissa Victoria

My Current Skincare Routine

Hello again!  Yesterday I posted a quick celebratory update on achieving a skincare regimen that works for me, and as promised, here it is.  First of all, skincare has always been a sore subject because at the age of 20, I experienced my first crazy outbreak.  I think I realized that my skin was finally changing and a quick wash wasn't going to do it anymore.  I tried several products, but nothing really worked for me and either caused outbreaks in new areas or gave me these awesome acne scars we all love.  Everything was simply too harsh for my skin and I grew very afraid of trying and testing new products out.  I knew to get my skin used to a routine meant having to try a product out over and over again, but I simply did not have the patience for that haha.  Along the way, I did find products that I knew FOR SURE made me break out and quickly eliminated those from the puzzle.

Defeated, I wrote down where I broke out the most, what I felt was different when I did break out (i.e. stress) and how long pimples would remain on my face.  In one last effort to resolve this myself, before heading to a dermatologist, I took another stroll down the skincare aisle at my local Target, and decided to try three Neutrogena products.  I picked up Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, Neutrogena Naturals Acne Foaming Scrub and Neutrogena's oil free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner.  One to leave makeup on the entire day, I began removing my makeup as soon as I got home.  Skin needs to breathe and I didn't realize how much I was clogging my skin with makeup -yikes!  Anyway, my skincare regimen began like this:

1.  I removed my makeup with the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover. This felt extremely smooth on my skin and I really did see the difference when I washed my face off.
2. Next, I scrubbed my face with the Acne Foaming Scrub, and per the label, it is clinically proven acne medicine that treats and helps prevent breakouts.  I've read this tons of times before, but maybe I just scrubbed extra hard to get all up in there!
3. I poured a decent amount of the Triple-Action Toner over a cotton ball and rubbed it along my face until the cotton ball came back clear.  I think this was the game changer for me.  Even though I thought my face was clean after the cleanser, it still needed extra cleansing.
4. Not pictured is an Aveeno moisturizer that I use and love!  You can shop that here.

So after a few days of repeating this day and night, I really started to see a major difference.  I swear it felt like I had a new pimple somewhere on my face every single week.  I went a whole month without breaking out until I realized that it had to have been these new products.  It was actually kind of funny because one of my best friends made a comment about my skin, and that's when I realized I hadn't even broken out.  Nothing has changed since I began this regimen other than adding water to my cycle.  I know drinking water and staying hydrated is another huge piece to achieving perfect skin, so I started to be way more mindful of my H2O intake.  Anyway, my lesson here is to be patient.  I can't tell you guys how many products I went through to finally feel like I have control of my skin.  I'm not afraid to try new makeup out or add fun oils to my face either because I feel confident in my little skincare weapons.  I know everyone's skin is different, but if you are struggling to find products that could help your skin out, give these a try!  You never know, they might be what you were looking for.  Happy cleansing, loves.

Melissa Victoria

What I Love About My Current Life

Hey there!  The last few weeks have been beyond amazing and more than what I could have ever wanted.  You guys should know that I am a God fearing woman and every single night I pray for everyone and everything before myself.  A fellow blogger friend of mine just recently brought something to my attention that really got me thinking.  Her question was, "If I asked you to list everything you loved the most, how long would it take to name yourself?"  I had to seriously stop and think about how when I'm asked this question (more than often than you'd think) I realized I have never said myself haha.  Not that I don't love or value myself, because TRUST me...this girl loves herself, but it's hard to not come off like a show off or vain, you know?  

With February here and it being the month of love, I figured this would be such an awesome opportunity to celebrate love in all forms, in my current life.  What I would love more than anything, is to come back to this blog years from now and read what I was so happy about - even if it's super silly!  Also, there is no shame in celebrating the many gifts life brings, am I right?  Okay, here's my list:

1. Health

As a professional hypochondriac, I'm happy that I am in good health and that those around me are as well.  I have a book called 'How Not To Die' and I read it a lot because I'm obsessed with not coming down with any crazy diseases, as I'm sure many of you are out there, too!  Working for a fast food chain is so hard because there's food everywhere, whenever I want it.  Let's be real for a moment, I am human and I will always want junk food.  However, I do have examples of how not to live, what not to eat and I'm very fortunate to have means of basically eating farm to table style.  Health will always be a priority to me and for now, I'm just so happy everyone around me is stable and in doing well.

2. Career

Last year taught me a lot about my career that has followed me into this new year.  Patience was and is always a virtue, especially in my work life.  I can't tell you guys how much I think about my career and how sometimes, I need to remind myself that things take time.  I did all that I could to advance myself and prepare for the future, and now that I'm basically all geared up, this whole 'gain as much experience as you can' game is what drives me bonkers.  I'm living out the prime years of my career and first of all, I'm extremely lucky to work for the company I work for and to have an abundant amount of opportunity.  In this new year, I want more and I want to push myself to reach things I was so scared of even touching or never thought could be mine.  You know that Aerosmith lyric, "dream on until your dreams come true"?  That is something I repeat to myself about ten times a day.  Nothing you do for your career is meaningless if you're learning along the way!

3. Love and Be Loved

We all need love.  Whether it's to love a pet, your parent, your sibling, a hobby, etc. we just need it.  I'm fortunate to love so many people and things, and to also be loved right back.  I say 'I love this' or 'I love that' a thousand times a day and I really feel it makes me such a passionate person haha.  Loving is so essential to even your character and the warmth of your soul, you know what I mean?  It feels good to know how much you're loved or appreciated and to be honest, I feel sad for anyone who doesn't know love or has ever experienced being loved *insert cry face here*.  Anyway, I've always been loved and I'm so grateful for that.  This last year was no exception with Martin showing me crazy love by wanting me to be his wife.  That, my friends is love because I can't imagine anyone wanting to wife this up.  In my wildest dreams, the person to lock me up would be a strong, resilient man and that is exactly what I got - so hell to yes, Martin, I'm glad life chose you for me!

4. Family, Friends and Support

My circle is gnarly and I cannot live without them.  My immediate family is small, I have many friends that are all valuable to me and on top of that, I have so many fun digital friends that follow me around on Instagram.  This last year was awesome because I hit 10K followers on Instagram and honestly, it was overwhelming.  I couldn't believe there were ten thousand people out there that didn't know me, but hit that follow button to see who and what I was about.  My plans for this weren't to grow into some kind of influencer status, and it's still not part of my plan, but Brocade Closet just continues to grow and I mean, I'm not stoppin' it!  My family is amazing because they support everything I do and are always there to guide me through life.  We do everything together and in this very moment, we're going through important changes that we wouldn't be able to handle without each other.  

Sigh.  I just feel a ton of gratitude that I can't express with words.  Everything I pray about is coming true and I can't believe this is the life I get to call mine!  I almost feel guilty for being this happy, but honestly, I'm just living in the moment and soaking it all in.  After writing this post, I feel even more gracious and think I should write myself a positive note every month.  It might be a good idea to reflect on all the positives to lift me up and remain in good spirits.  If you feel like doing the same, tag me in your posts! I'd love to celebrate YOU.

Melissa Victoria